We Must Adapt to Our Changing Climate

Deborah Hollingworth

“Our climate is changing and so must we. As climate changes become manifest, our intrinsic survival instinct will make adaptation an inevitability. However, whether we change quickly and effectively enough to ameliorate catastrophic change so as to ensure future generations enjoy a safe climate is open to question. Recent climate data suggests that warming is occurring at an even faster rate than the worst-case scenarios modelled by the world’s leading scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The more we delay, the worse the effects of climate change and the more draconian will be adaptation measures. We have the ability to make individual contributions and collectively to bring about the necessary and urgent changes. We share a responsibility to take up this challenge, at whatever level is available to us …”